Anything But Civil
A Hattie Davish Mystery by Anna Loan-Wilsey
Review: It is December 1892 and traveling secretary Hattie Davish has been hired by Sir Arthur Windom-Greene, a British scholar interested in the history of America’s Civil War, to accompany him to Galena, Illinois, home of Ulysses S. Grant, to interview Cornelius Skarrett. Now a retired Union General, Skarrett was present at Appomattox, Virginia when General Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9th, 1865 ending the Civil War. It soon becomes obvious to observant and clever Hattie that though the war ended over twenty-five years ago, there is still dissension among the residents of Galena. Those opposed to the war were called, and still are being called, “traitors” and “copperheads”. General Skarrett’s son, Henry, is a leader of those who want to disgrace, fight and if necessary kill the copperheads. Although some of their homes were damaged, and some men were beaten and ridiculed, it was Henry that is found murdered. Inexplicably, Sir Arthur is arrested for the murder, and he asks Hattie to use her considerable talents and keen observations to seek out the murderer, in Anything But Civil, the second mystery in this series by Anna Loan-Wilsey.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Anything But Civil.
Acknowledgment: Kensington Books provided a copy of Anything But Civil for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
A Lack of Temperance
Location(s) referenced in Anything But Civil: Illinois
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Anything But Civil by Anna Loan-Wilsey — A Hattie Davish Mystery
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